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There is another war on and I write in the full knowledge that there is always a war on. The most recent to impact on my emotional life was the Taliban raging into Kabul. I did not know anyone involved in the conflict, but I have friends who had family in Afghanistan, and some of … Continue reading Excerpts from RT

Ukraine and more – updated

The Weekend Australian, 19/3/2022 I have two Australian friends who live in Kyiv and have decided to stay and help. I have friends in my home state from Slovakia, Estonia and Israel. None of them can understand the complacency that often greets them, that so many seem not to understand the gravity of this war … Continue reading Ukraine and more – updated

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A Seriously Good Read

Jack Muir is restless, an adventurer, idealist and dreamer.
He flees Genoralup, the stifling country town where his future was assured, to jump ship and certain danger in Durban, South Africa, and then fly to uncertain danger and a kibbutz in Israel.
From a country full of hate and violence to the place he will meet his first love, it is a war and the unexpected gift of two mothers that will change the course of Jack’s life…
As an old man Jack makes a pilgrimage that helps him rediscover the brotherhood of the kibbutzniks – it is the return ticket that helps him understand the true meaning of love at journey’s end.

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Available March 2020 from Fremantle Press

What makes this book unputdownable is the way despite the risks, Jack refuses to comply with apartheid laws…

An unforgettable book.

Lisa Hall, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog, January 2020


It is 1968. All around the world people are marching, protesting, fighting for freedom and free love. Jack Muir arrives in the islands fresh out of Grammar School: a failure, a virgin, and a reluctant employee of The Colonial Bank of Australia.
Life in the islands is raw, sensuous, real. Here, you may take what you want, especially if you are white. But the veneer of whiteness is a flimsy one, and brutality never far from the surface.
To be free, you must set free. So says George Kanluna, future leader of the islands. Yet there is a world of difference between freedom, and those things you unleash in others – and in yourself.

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Depicting the full spectrum of adolescent alienation, this engaging, coming-of-age narrative is a humorous blend of novel and memoir. A sensitive, quick-witted boy from a small town, Jack Muir adores his mother, yearns for affection from his father, and lives in the shadow of his accomplished brother. Sent to a boarding school at a young age, Jack must quickly decide what sort of person he will be—the type that succumbs to the pressure of bullies and the school system or the type that fights back, using clever banter and intellect to get by. With a unique and authentic voice, this darkly humorous tale portrays the road to depression as seen through the naiveté of youth.

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And don’t forget his earlier novels for younger readers, two books he co-wrote with Ken Spillman.

Magpie Mischief is a delightfully irreverent story about a group of school kids who gang together and take on the City Council to protect the magpies nesting in the trees outside their school. The pro-magpie and anti-magpie lobbies lock horns in a hilarious story that will appeal to 8-10 year old readers, and while entertaining them will acquaint them with conservation and empowerment issues, and suggest invative ways of coping with school bullies.

Trouble is brewing in the Shire of Serventy. Hoons in hotted up cars have started treating the roads around the primary school like a racing circuit. A gate is snapped clean off its hinges. The oval is pripped raw by drag racers..
Anything could happen in this second exciting Serventy Kids adventure – and it probably will!

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  1. Jon, cousinnAnita..can’t find your phone number…have completed a 2022 calendar compiled of this years discoveries of the Richards…have 1 for you if you want it…email…a.black5442@gmail.com
    Hope you are over that nasty flu you had when we spoke…greetings to Gritzia at this vChristmas season.and of course to you and Marcel. Our cousin Dixie Reidycroft (Gunston)/broke her hip and leg this year, but shared a laugh and wonder over our marvellous family, when I took the calendar to her. I have never got,over Dad Kenneth Richards not knowing our gr.grandfather being buried in Lawlers. Just wished he had found out how our 6? Times gr,parents sailed on LaFayettes, Victoirrie? Sailing fromFrance to war in USA and were English Translators. Do hope I hear from you, yours Anita Black….have you ever met that ex husband of mine down there in Albany?

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